Wed, 13 Jun 2001 Macromedia University
- Manufacturer: Macromedia
- Pros: Learn when and where you want; easy-to-use campus-style training; online advice if you need specific direction.
- Cons: Needs a wider range of subjects; Windows interface.
- Price: Basic Training, US$99; Complete Training, US$249; Professional Training, US$399.
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As one of the leaders in design applications, Macromedia now offers online courses for its software – from learning how to use Macromedia UltraDev, to more general skills such as DHTML or XML. You can choose to sign up for either instructor or study led courses, or a combination of both.
To register as a student for the Macromedia University, you first need to go to www.macromedia.com and click on the link to Resources. The registration process is simple: Fill out your details, enter your eight-digit code, and log in as a student with access to several choices.
You can choose from several different lesson styles – instructor led, self-study and seminar, or a combination of any of the above. Take time to have a quick tour of what’s available to make sure you sign up for the right class. Unfortunately, I was first interested in running through the self-study Quick Skill course in DHTML, but it isn’t available for the Mac.
The classes are listed clearly, and you can take a tour of the virtual campus before signing up. There’s also the option of taking a test, from which the courses to choose will be recommended.
A study-led course has the advantage of allowing you to choose when and where you work. However, for those of us who need more motivation – the equivalent of that slave-driving teacher – an instructor-led course is available.
The classes are presented as interactive Flash movies. Not only are you shown how to perform a certain action, you’re also encouraged to follow the steps and remember sequences. If you get stuck or lose your place, simply listen to the instructions again.